Episode #473

News Items

  • Battery Advance
  • Ray Comfort's Gravity Gaffe
  • Dinosaur Feathers
  • Dinosaur Extinction
      • Interview With Bill Nye

          • http://billnye.com/

          • Science or Fiction

            • Item #1 Science

              A recently published analysis indicates that, if we continue our current mix of electricity generation, 20-40% of the world will have serious water shortage by 2020, and there will be a global water shortage by 2040. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2014/07/140729093112.htm

            • Item #2 Science

              Physicists have successfully separated the properties of a particle from the particle itself, so the particle was in one location while its magnetic moment was in another. http://blogs.chapman.edu/press-room/2014/07/23/the-quantum-cheshire-cat-can-a-particle-be-separated-from-its-properties/

            • Item #3 Fiction

              Researchers have successfully created Cooper pairs, the hallmark of superconductivity, in an indium alloy at near room temperature. http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-07/uoia-pun072814.php

            Skeptical Quote of the Week

            “I hope that every [person] at one point in their life has the opportunity to have something that is at the heart of their being, something so central to their being that if they lose it they won’t feel they’re human anymore, to be proved wrong because that’s the liberation that science provides. The realization that to assume the truth, to assume the answer before you ask the questions leads you nowhere.” -Lawrence M. Krauss